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Microgrids — a Mix of Distributed Energy Resources

As part of the OATI USA Microgrid sales team, one question I often hear is what is a microgrid and how does it relate to Distributed Energy Resources. They both fit well into the new and emerging electric utility landscape, and this blog explores these topics and what unites them. The acronym “DER” stands for Distributed [...]

August 9th, 2018|

Which Microgrid Strategy Is Right For You?

Microgrid deployment has enabled large power users such as communities, colleges, and commercial and industrial (C&I) businesses, and facility owners to take complete control of their power supply. Highly disruptive outages, fluctuating energy prices, and increasing consumer demand for green energy has resulted in the emergence of microgrids as a viable solution for meeting these [...]

June 6th, 2018|

Is It Really Worth It to Build a Microgrid?

Power consumers around the globe have a heightened need for power supply that is resilient, reliable, affordable, and releases less greenhouse emissions. Microgrids play a pivotal role in this goal, as well as provide comprehensive control over diverse power sources and energy costs, green energy, and peace of mind. In addition, microgrids prioritize power needs [...]

May 15th, 2018|

USA Microgrids Presents at 2018 CERTs Conference

Clean Energy Resource Teams, a Minnesota-based organization, is hosting its biennial CERTs conference March 28 – 29, 2018 at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The conference’s focus is on providing communities with clean energy resources and networking in their efforts to move toward sustainability. USA Microgrids and [...]

March 19th, 2018|

The Microgrid Market in 2018

The microgrid market is just beginning to enter into the early stages of formation. A number of companies have certain specialties and capabilities of what it takes for a full turnkey microgrid solution. However, given the complexity of microgrids — especially when all microgrids are different and there’s no “one-size-fits-all” microgrid — the development of [...]

January 29th, 2018|

USA MG Corporate Vision — 2018 & Beyond

As we near the end of the year, it’s important to review, reflect, and think about the future and what it holds. When USA Microgrids started in 2015, many were unsure of microgrids and questioned their presence and potential. We saw the tremendous opportunity in microgrids to provide a variety of services to the grid, [...]

December 26th, 2017|

Microgrids a Savvy Economic Decision for C&I Customers Like OATI

Microgrid Media recently featured the OATI Microgrid Technology Center and USA Microgrids™ in an article examining whether Commercial and Industrial (C&I) microgrids are an economically viable option for businesses. Traditionally, microgrids have been considered for public purposes, as they can be funded primarily through public subsidies. Now, funding for C&I microgrids come from the business [...]

May 25th, 2017|

New York’s First REV Project Gets Its First Microgrid

New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) was, and still is, one of the most disruptive initiatives to impact the energy world in North America in the twenty-first century. As the initiative approaches its second year, New York is installing its first microgrid. According to Project Manager, Greg Elcock, the project is often referred to [...]

March 14th, 2017|

Utilities Benefit with Partnerships During Times of Microgrid Disruption

Energy experts and professionals continue to talk about the growth of utility microgrids and the roles utility-owned microgrids will play in the future. Recently, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Smart Energy Power Alliance (SEPA) released their report which highlights the growing trend of partnerships between utilities and private owners or third parties. Today’s [...]

March 7th, 2017|

Community Microgrids – Municipalities

Hurricane Sandy in 2012, among other blackout situations that have occurred on the East Coast, has demonstrated the need for improved energy infrastructure. Now more than ever, communities and municipalities are exploring alternative energy options and developing plans to strengthen and improve their energy infrastructure in the event of widespread outages caused by a natural [...]

February 23rd, 2017|